Olivia Podmore: Former New Zealand Olympic cyclist has died aged 24

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Olivia Podmore poses during the Headshot of the NZOC Cycling Commonwealth Games.
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Olivia Podmore poses during the headshot session of the NZOC Commonwealth Games Cycling.



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Former New Zealand Olympic cyclist Olivia Podmore has died, the New Zealand Olympic Committee (NZOC) confirmed in a statement.

“We offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and other members of the New Zealand community who mourn this loss,” NZOC said.

“We provide well-being support to his team members and the entire team upon our return from Tokyo. ”

Born in Christchurch, New Zealand, Podmore won silver in the team sprint and bronze in the time trial at the 2015 World Junior Championships in Astana, Kazakhstan to qualify for the Rio 2016 Olympics. .

She represented New Zealand at Rio 2016 and Gold Coast Commonwealth Games 2018 in track cycling events, including team sprint, keirin and individual sprint.

Podmore competes in the women's team sprint qualifying at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Podmore competes in the women’s team sprint qualifying at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

She did not represent New Zealand at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

In 2017, Podmore was the New Zealand National Keirin Champion.

The statement also described the methods by which athletes or other members of the New Zealand team can access support from the New Zealand Olympic team psychology team, health team or via sport psychology and health / NSO providers, as well as in-country counseling.

A New Zealand police spokesperson told CNN: “Police witnessed a sudden death on a Cambridge property last night.

“Police are investigating the death on behalf of the coroner. The coroner will release his findings in due course. ”

Podmore’s brother Mitchell posted on social media: “Rest in peace to my beautiful sister and beloved daughter of Phil Podmore. You will be in our hearts forever. ”

Cycling New Zealand has called Podmore a “much loved and respected rider of our Cycling New Zealand team”.

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Podmore looks on after competing in the elite women's team sprint qualifying at the New Zealand Oceania Track Championships.

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Podmore looks on after competing in the elite women’s team sprint qualifying at the New Zealand Oceania Track Championships.

“At Cycling New Zealand, we are deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our young cyclist Olivia Podmore. Olivia was a highly regarded and respected cyclist by our Cycling New Zealand team and the wider cycling community, ”he said.

“A lot of people are understandably devastated and are trying so hard to figure out what happened. We have been and will continue to provide support to our staff and riders, the cycling community and those close to Olivia. . ”

“Be kind to each other and take care of each other,” the statement added.

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